Spain contributes 400,000 euros to provide food aid to the most vulnerable in the Gaza Strip

The United Nations World Food Program has welcomed a contribution from Spain of 400,000 euros to provide much-needed food aid to more than 34,000 vulnerable Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, most of whom are women and children.

The food program considered this support necessary, as families in the Gaza Strip are suffering from a rapid deterioration in the situation.

Families in Gaza have already been affected by severe restrictions on movement and access, waves of violent escalation, and years of deterioration in the humanitarian, social and economic conditions, in addition to the sudden rise in cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the restrictions associated with this pandemic have had a significant impact. On the most vulnerable and needy groups.

"We are grateful for Spain's long-standing support to the Palestinians most in need to improve their nutritional status and strengthen their resilience. At a time when challenges have reached their peak, ongoing food aid is an essential safety net for people who have been exhausted," said Acting WFP Country Director for Palestine. All their resources, which could push them to abandon the pursuit of food. "

The funds will be used to provide families with electronic food vouchers sufficient for a month to purchase a variety of nutritious foods of their choice from 200 retail stores across the Gaza Strip.

It is worth noting that the World Food Program has been, and still is, using vouchers and expanding their use since 2011 based on evidence proving their greatest impact on the food security situation of the beneficiaries, which has a positive impact on the local economy. The vouchers give their users more freedom of choice, dignity and flexibility to get their benefits in a way that suits them.

The President of the Organization of Spanish Cooperation in Palestine Eva Suarez said: “Spain is extremely proud and grateful for our long-term partnership with the World Food Program, which aims to provide aid to the most needy families in Gaza, especially in this particular year in which the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is spreading. It is our honor, now and always, to join the World Food Program, which was recently honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. "

Thanks to Spain and other donors, the World Food Program has been able to ensure the provision of food aid to more than 345,000 Palestinian non-refugees who depend on regular food aid due to extreme insecurity and poverty. The World Food Program has provided food vouchers to an additional 95,000 people most at risk of the pandemic, including the elderly, people with disabilities, women and children. New funding from donors is crucial to enable the program to continue providing assistance to the most vulnerable and needy groups in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.


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